Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis). Although it is still a relatively uncommon disease in Great Britain, its incidence is increasing, affected cow herds have to be slaughtered and we already spend more than £16 million annually on trying to control it.

Farmers believe that badgers are responsible for infecting their herds and many want an extensive badger cull. Some scientists and many wildlife organisations oppose this cull.

This Environmental Studies Factsheet:
• Describes how scientists have investigated the possible links between badger populations and the spread of bovine TB.
• Summarises the evidence for and against a cull.
• Describes other techniques that might be used to try to stop the spread
• Of bovine TB.

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Publication Date

April 2013


ISSN: 1351-5136

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